Since 2006, we have led the effort to examine the Scots-Irish Identity in Maine from its earliest arrival to present day. Using archaeology, genealogy and classical research methods, we are working hard to uncover the consecutive migrations to Maine from the North of Ireland and examine their significance. This is story that is largely untold and it is the story of our neighbors, and the common people who continue to quietly build Maine.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote awareness of Maine’s Scots-Irish heritage and to gather, save, and share the stories of Maine’s Scotch-Irish families.

MUSP brings together avocational historians and academia to explore stories and opportunities for bringing Scots-Irish influence out of the shadows of British colonial settlement. We work together to learn about challenges to understanding this migration, uncovering complex genealogy of the early settlement, exploring the impact in the foundation of local politics and the conflict with the indigenous community, while uncovering the legacy of this group to the character of Maine. Scots-Irish migration formed the backbone of many Maine communities, Maine’s traditional industries, cultural heritage, conflict, and peace. Their influence can be found in our legal systems, local control preference, relationships to the land, and dry Maine humor. We seek to share stories and expand access to Maine’s Scots-Irish Heritage through public programming and research.


The Ulster-Scots story in Maine, and their influence on New England has been under examined by traditional history. U.S. census data (2000) confirms that Maine has, per capita, the highest percentage of self-identified Scots descendants in the entire USA, and ranks third in the country for Scots-Irish descendants. And yet, we know practically nothing about them because their stories have never been told...

Who We Are

            Board of Directors

  • President Emeritus, John Mann
  • President, Board Chair, Rebecca Graham
  • Vice President, Bill McKeen
  • Treasurer, 
    Marilyn Gondek
  • Secretary, Judy Lindsey
  • Lead Archaeologist, Pam Crane
  • Educator & Site Owner, Brad McFadden

Stalwart Volunteers and Committee Members:

  • Kathy Snow-Bridge -Volunteer
  • Barry Tracy - Volunteer 
  • Julie Potter-Dunlop - Volunteer
  • Harry Hopcroft - Volunteer
  • Alister McReynolds - Northern Ireland Expert
  • Frank Ferguson - University Partner